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Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a private non-profit child advocacy organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC works to overcome these barriers by changing conditions for many children, while also helping one child at a time. For 45 years, MAC has responded to the needs of children who are vulnerable because of poverty, race, disability, or limited English.

Available Position: MAC is seeking a staff attorney to represent parents in special education cases and develop and conduct legal trainings for parents and professionals. Representation of parents may include team meetings, mediation sessions, administrative hearings at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and court. The attorney will work as an integral part of MAC’s special education project teams.

Qualifications: Applicants should have knowledge of special education law. They should also have experience in administrative advocacy and litigation. Experience with autism is preferred. Fluency in languages other than English is also preferred.

Please mail or email a cover letter and resume to:

Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Attn: Tania Duarte
25 Kingston Street
Boston, MA 02111

Salary is based on a scale commensurate with experience. MAC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its workforce. This position will remain open for candidates to apply until it is filled. Please apply as soon as possible.

Posted 1/16/15

Executive Director,
American Family Therapy Academy
Haverhill, MA (Can be worked remotely)
Job Description:

Located in Haverhill, a suburb of Boston, MA, the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) is a 501c3 non-profit membership organization of more than 600 leading family therapy teachers, clinicians, program directors, policy makers, researchers, and social scientists throughout the United States, who are dedicated to advancing systemic thinking and practices for families in their social context. Founded in 1977, AFTA's mission is developing, researching, teaching, and disseminating progressive, just family therapy, and family centered practices and policies.


AFTA was founded by leading figures in the upstart field of family therapy, to challenge the prevailing paradigm of individually focused therapy. Since its inception, AFTA’s members have formed an unparalleled multi-disciplinary community to both carry the field forward, and provide encouragement, community and professional development to senior and new members alike.

Today, AFTA comprises a board of 17 members and a comprehensive working committee structure, who work with a Managing Director and a part-time Assistant in the Administrative Office. The annual budget is currently just over $250,000. AFTA realized a budget surplus for FY 2013 and will achieve one again for FY 2014. The new Executive Director role is being established at this time as the board has determined it to be prudent to shift AFTA from a volunteer led, to a staff led organization in order to increase its impact on the field of family therapy, to clarify and grow member benefits and to assure its long-term sustainability.

Profile of the Ideal Candidate

AFTA offers prospective candidates the opportunity to lead a highly regarded organization that has helped shape the field of family therapy and its related professions. AFTA’s mission, values and unique multi-disciplinary approach have attracted an exceptional board and Managing Director who are energized, dedicated and multi-talented. Maintaining the strength and effectiveness of AFTA’s annual conference, publications and other initiatives; respectfully, transparently and effectively leading AFTA’s board and staff; and managing important relationships with funders and other stakeholders are clear priorities for the Executive Director. The Executive Director will also be evaluated on his or her ability to develop a vision for membership and revenue growth, to serve as a powerful and effective public spokesperson for AFTA, to broaden AFTA’s visibility, and to initiate and lead strategic efforts that further AFTA’s mission. Experience in leadership with a membership based organization or association is a significant plus.

Skills and Experience

- A Passionate Advocate for AFTA’s Mission and Values.
- An Inclusive and Effective Leader and Manager
- A Strategic Thinker and Thoughtful Visionary
- An Exceptional Communicator and Collaborator
- A Creative Fundraiser

Technical Skills & Key Attributes

- Financial Competence
- Competence and Familiarity With Marketing and Business Development
- High Integrity
- Approachable, Accessible and Outgoing
- A Master’s Degree and experience as a therapy practitioner are desired, but not required

While experience as a therapist and a Master’s Degree are desirable, they are not required for consideration for this role.

Application Process

This search is being conducted by Third Sector New England's Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Gregg Davis. To view the complete position description and/or to apply please visit: Please submit your resume along with a cover letter stating your salary requirements, where you learned of the position, and a description of how your qualifications and experience match AFTA’s needs. Only electronic submissions sent through this link will be considered.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit materials by January 16, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with priority given to those received by this date.

* Salary range: Commensurate with experience
* Email for application or questions: Apply to the link above. Questions can be directed to

Posted 12/8/14

Lead Organizer/Program Coordinator
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Boston, MA
Salary is based on a scale commensurate with experience.

Email for application or questions:

More info (PDF)

Posted 12/1/14

Office Manager and Bookkeeper
Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MassBudget)
15 Court Square, Boston MA

Job Description: MassBudget is seeking a well-organized, dynamic Office Manager and Bookkeeper who is committed to our mission: producing non-partisan policy research, analysis, and data-driven recommendations focused on improving the lives of low- and middle-income children and adults, strengthening our state’s economy, and enhancing the quality of life in Massachusetts.


The Office Manager and Bookkeeper plays an important role supporting MassBudget's team of eleven staff people. MassBudget conducts rigorous policy research, always with an eye towards presenting our work in ways that are accessible to and easily used by grassroots organizations, the media, policy advocates, policy makers, and anyone else working to make life better in our Commonwealth. We are the Massachusetts affiliate of several national networks including the State Priorities Partnership, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count network, and the Economic Analysis and Research Network


The Office Manager and Bookkeeper, who reports to the Director of Development and Finance, will be responsible for:

Bookkeeping, including accounts payable and receivable, staff reimbursements, and proactive management of MassBudget bank accounts

Managing and processing payroll and benefits

Leading event planning logistics (e.g. securing locations, ordering food, coordinating invitations)

Monitoring office facility, equipment, and supplies and overseeing purchasing and repairs

Maintaining and updating internal policies and procedures manual

Scheduling large group meetings between staff and people outside of the organization

Preparing for the annual internal audit

Contributing to development work, possibly including managing donor lists and drafting correspondence

Managing and leading report release logistics, including:

Coordinating report production details with author

Laying out final word documents

Laying out press releases in Constant Contact

Organizing of "Final Docs" files for internal record keeping

Other administrative support, as needed

In addition to the above core job requirements, this position could include additional finance (organizational budget) and/or technology (website maintenance) responsibilities, if the candidate has expertise in these areas.


Very strong organizational skills, ability to multi-task and manage deadlines effectively

Careful attention to detail

Ability to manage-up and support Director of Development and Finance and President in their organizational responsibilities

Comfort working with Constant Contact, QuickBooks, Excel and the full Office suite

Salary Range: The position is likely half time, but we can be flexible. Salary is competitive based on qualifications and experience. MassBudget provides generous benefits including health care, vacation, and a 401k plan.

Email for application: Please email resume and cover letter to Luc Schuster, Deputy Director, at Put “YOUR NAME, Applicant for Director of Development” in the subject line.

MassBudget has a strong commitment to diversity. We encourage applications from persons whose background and experiences will increase the diversity of our organization.

Posted 9/16/14



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